About the Network
The Seattle International Foundation is committed to supporting a network of funders, NGOs, practitioners, experts, and government officials dedicated to poverty alleviation efforts in Central America. This blog is an online platform to strengthen this network and encourage collaboration among its members. If interested, you can join the network here.
We advance our work by:
- Convening opportunities for participants to share information and work together on key issues.
- Promoting and highlighting the activities of member organizations working in Central America.
- Increasing awareness among policy makers and the media about poverty in Central America.
- Supporting the development and dissemination of strategies to alleviate poverty in Central America.
- Increasing contact and collaboration between organizations and leaders in Central America and the U.S.
About our Grantmaking
The Seattle International Foundation was formed as a supporting organization of The Seattle Foundation, one of the leading community foundations in the country. Our goal is to enhance the quality and quantity of international philanthropy and leadership from the Pacific Northwest and help our donors achieve their desire to leave the world a better place.
Our Central America Program
The Central America Program works to alleviate poverty in the region by utilizing three strategies:
Micro-finance: SIF invests in micro-finance through the work of Global Partnerships to promote opportunities for economic development and leadership among low-income populations. Vulnerable populations, especially women, can develop knowledge and skills to improve their standard of living by gaining access to and managing credit, investing in small businesses and interacting with other individuals using credit programs. In particular, SIF supports micro-credit programs that combine financial services with important health and education training to leverage the social impact of micro-finance.
Leadership Development: SIF works to alleviate poverty in the region by supporting greater socioeconomic participation and leadership development of key groups, specifically women, indigenous peoples, and at-risk youth. Promoting individual and collective capacity building of leaders, such as those working in human rights, women’s equality, and environmental justice, can bring about lasting social change within a community or country. Additionally, SIF supports the development of a new class of Central American business leaders committed to expanding philanthropy and economic opportunities through support for the Central American Leadership Institute (CALI).
Public Policy: SIF makes grants to increase understanding of public policy issues relevant to U.S foreign assistance and development in Central America. The Central America Program supports research and advocacy in the U.S. and developing countries, with an emphasis on disseminating findings to policy-makers, the media, academics focused on development, and to U.S. development agencies and other stakeholders. Grantees in this area include FUNDE, the Center for Gloabl Development, and the UW Center for Human Rights.
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